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The Graphic Arts Group promotes the study and interpretation of the graphic arts and encourages the exchange of information and ideas among Courtauld staff, research students and other London-based scholars, who share an interest in prints and drawings. 
The group is convened by Ketty Gottardo and Sarah Vowles, and meets once a term either in the British Museum Prints & Drawings Department or the Prints & Drawings Study Room at The Courtauld to examine collectively and discuss a selection of works from the collection chosen around a given theme.
Previous topics have included: artists’ sketchbooks; signs of authorship: signatures, inscriptions and marks; sculpture and the graphic arts; after life; colours in prints and drawings; copies; mise-en-page; and reversal/duplication.
Spring 2018

In the Spring term members of the Graphic Arts Group travelled to Copenhagen to see the exhibition ‘Art in the Making: From idea to masterpiece. An exhibition about artistic creation’ at the National Gallery of Denmark.

Professor Chris Fischer, curator of the show, led a 5 hour tour, during which the group examined and discussed together many of the works.This was followed by half-a-day in the print room, where participants gave short presentations on drawings from the collection, followed by informal discussions.

The group consisted of Courtauld students (MA and PhDs), curators and academics. On this occasion we reconnected with the Courtauld’s former curator of drawings, Dr Stephanie Buck, who joined us from Dresden with her colleague Dr Marion Heisterberg.

Summer 2018

In the Summer term, the Graphic Arts Group session was held at the Courtauld, where Anita Viola Sganzerla and Deanna Petherbridge, curators of ‘Artists at Work‘, led an insightful visit in which the drawings in the exhibition were analysed and discussed by the group.

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